Newport boat shows
Yachts from all over the east coast filled the Newport Shipyard, Bowen’s Wharf and the surrounding waterfront in Newport, Rhode Island this September. The summer has drawn out boaters young and old to this historic maritime town. Set amongst the iconic coastal scenery, national historic sites, trendy boutiques, and world-class restaurants are the east coasts most popular yachting centric events. The main event, the Newport International Boat Show ran in conjunction with the Newport Brokerage Show and coincidently, the same weekend as the Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup.
amazing yachts on display
The Newport International Boat Show or NIBS is the northeast’s largest in-water collection of yachts for sale and one of the most prestigious shows in the country. This year there were new yachts on display by Hinckley Yachts, Vicem, Hunt Yachts, Back Cove and Sabres. For local sailboat enthusiasts, one could peruse the Beneteaus, Hylas, Hanse, Jeanneau and Tartans – just to name a few. The docks were full each day of the show with active buyers, brokers and yacht owners. This year’s event included boats in the water of every type and style from 15- to 90-feet, and a wide variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters. The total number of visitors attending the Newport Boat Show was up 10% over 2019!
“It feels so good to be back”
“It feels so good to be back,” said Nancy Piffard, show director, Newport Exhibition Group. “Ticket sales exceeded expectations this year, and exhibitors noted that the quality of and engagement with attendees was outstanding. It was clear that both businesses and consumers were excited to be back at an in-person event. This bodes well for the rest of the boat show season and the marine industry’s continued growth in 2022 and beyond.”